Yellow Perch

YELLOW PERCH (Perca flavescens)

ALIAS:  Lake perch, ringed perch, American perch, raccoon perch, ring-tailed perch

IDENTIFICATION:  A golden-yellow fish with 6 to 8 vertical bands and a spiny dorsal fin with 12 to 14 spines.  

DIET:  Insects and insect larvae, snails, small fish and commercial fish food.

SPAWNING:  Mid-March to early-May when water temperatures are 50-60̊F.  They lay long egg strands onto submerged structure; no parental care is provided

FISHING TIPS:  Perch are most often caught in the spring and fall using fathead minnows, golden shiners and nightcrawlers fished near the bottom.

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